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While in the midst of planning their exquisite wedding day in Ojai, California, Brenna (née Bloom) and Alex Cascante also began their wedding registry adventure. “Like a lot of couples, Alex and I had a ton of items from our previous, separate lives that came together under one roof when we moved in,” Brenna explains. “We ultimately knew that when we got the chance to register, we would be able to replace some items, as well as register for things we always wanted.”
The couple heeded advice given to them before attending their appointment to register in-store at Gearys Beverly Hills: Take a deep breath. “It will be super overwhelming at first, but the more you dive into the experience, the more fun, exciting, and beneficial it will be!” encourages Brenna. “I love to see the color and the quality of things in person, so being able to physically touch and feel the pieces was huge for me. Not to mention that Salome, our wedding registry consultant, was amazingly knowledgeable, kind, and able to offer all sorts of insight.” Brenna and Alex selected gorgeous fine china and glassware, settling on mixing and matching pieces from different designers and brands to curate the perfect style.
“It will be super overwhelming at first, but the more you dive into the experience, the more fun, exciting, and beneficial it will be!”
De’Longhi Nespresso Expert espresso machine, $329; Zola
L’Objet white swan salt cellar with spoon, $150; Gearys
Le Creuset “Signature” round Dutch oven, $385; Zola
Haviland “Plumes” gold bread and butter plate, $66; Gearys
For Zola, registering online was the only option, and the bride was happy to take the lead on this one. “It almost felt like online shopping, which I am particularly good at,” she smiles. “The customer service at Zola was also wonderful.” At this retailer, Brenna focused on choosing everyday items, such as cookware and baking ware, as well as other more casual household items.
Crate and Barrel “Herringbone” cutting board, $100; Zola
L’Objet “Garland” platinum salt and pepper shaker set, $225; Gearys
Towle “Wave” 20-piece flatware set (service for 4), $116; Zola
Raynaud “Tresor Fleuri” coupe plate flat, $205; Gearys
Feeling very fortunate for the generosity of their loved ones, Brenna and Alex also share they are extremely happy with their retailer choices. “I feel like both options were able to not only give us the experiences and items that we wanted, but they also allowed our guests to have a very wide selection of gifts at different price points,” adds the bride. “I would tell other couples to really just enjoy the time together selecting pieces for your future... take the pressure off of yourselves and have fun with it!”
“Nothing is necessarily set in stone, so don’t sweat the big decisions, and let that pressure roll off your back.”
“Be sure the stores provide items you love as well as features and policies that work well for you.”
“Consider adding romantic honeymoon activities to the list – or even big-ticket items that you completely fall in love with.”
Opening photo by Heather Kincaid; Planning & Design by Geller Events; Registry: Gearys; See the full real wedding here: Luxurious Fall Wedding at a Farmhouse Venue in Ojai, California